Application Information

Please refer to our comprehensive FAQs before contacting the school with any queries. This will enable our Admissions Office to deal with priority calls – thank you.

For a list of relevant dates, including the next opportunity to visit the school  please visit our  Key Dates page.

Dame Alice Owen’s School is a secondary day school for boys and girls aged 11-18. Originally founded in 1613, we are Voluntary Aided in status and admit children across the ability range. 65 children per year out of the available 200 places, however, are selected according to aptitude and ability as determined by the Governors’ Entrance Examination and an additional 10 places are selected by Music Aptitude tests.

Applications are welcome from parents whose children are likely to make a full and committed contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school, and to benefit from the extensive additional facilities and opportunities provided by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation. Our Governors are legally responsible for admissions to the school, and offers of places are approved by our Governors’ Admissions Committee. Governors are fully committed to maintaining our family focus with the sibling criterion, whilst retaining partial selection and musical aptitude.


Dame Alice Owen’s School Consultation

Proposed Admissions Arrangements 2024-2025 

The Governing Body of Dame Alice Owen’s School are consulting on the above Admissions Arrangements between 31st October and 12th  December 2022.   

 We are consulting on amending the tie break for Children of Staff from home-school distance to length of service.

The proposed arrangements are available to view here.  Should you wish to comment on any aspect of these arrangements please email Mrs D Coles, Admissions Officer, writing Admissions Consultation in the subject line, no later than Monday 12th December.  


Familiarisation papers for the Verbal Reasoning, English and Maths tests can be found here.

Our  Admissions Arrangements for September 2023 – 2024  can be found here.

Secondary Transfer Application Information

The information below is intended to give you further information about the School and the Admissions process.

Admission Arrangements Key Dates Familiarisation Papers
Results Entrance Exam Information EHCP Applications
Access Arrangements Music Test Information  

Map – Allocation of Local Places

22 places are allocated every year (under criterion 2) to applicants living closest to the School. The map below shows the furthest distance allocated to over the past 3 years. Sometimes we are able to offer further distance places under criterion 7. The student audit reports below show how many places have been allocated under distance year on year.

It is recommended that parents who live in close proximity to the School, read the Verification of “Permanent Home Addresses” document on the Admissions Overview page.

Historical Information – Allocation of Places

Reports show how places were allocated on 1st March each year according to our Admissions criterion.



School Contact Info

Dame Alice Owen’s School

Dugdale Hill Lane
Potters Bar

01707 643441
[email protected]

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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